Mounties: Shooter Who Targeted Homeless People Is Dead

2 were killed in attacks in Vancouver suburb
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2022 2:23 PM CDT
Updated Jul 25, 2022 4:30 PM CDT
Mounties: Man in Custody After Multiple Shootings of Homeless People
An RCMP officer stands on a median at the scene of a shooting in Langley, British Columbia, Monday, July 25, 2022.   (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

This story has been updated with new developments. A man suspected of shooting homeless people at multiple locations in the Vancouver area, killing two of them, was shot and killed during an "interaction" with police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police says. The RCMP earlier said the man had been taken into custody. An emergency alert was issued Monday morning after what the RCMP described as "multiple shooting scenes" in the city of Langley and one in nearby Langley Township, the CBC reports. Langley RCMP Sgt. Rebecca Parslow says all the victims were homeless, and the shootings were apparently targeted.

Two people were seriously injured in the shootings, which started around midnight. One man who identifies as homeless told the Vancouver Sun that he saw an ambulance team trying to revive a man in downtown Langley. "It’s so sad. I hope they are able to identify who this man is and tell his family," said the man, who declined to give his name, fearing retaliation from the gunman. A police alert described the suspect as a white man wearing brown Carhartt overalls and a blue and green camo T-shirt. The RCMP says the suspect apparently acted alone. It's not clear what connection, if any, he had to the victims.

The AP reports that an unmarked police SUV at the scene where police confronted the suspect had at least seven bullet holes in the windshield and one in the driver's window. A white car associated with the suspect also had multiple bullet holes. Jess Lee tells the Sun that she was on her way to work when her car was blocked by police vehicles in Langley and she witnessed officers with rifles running into the area. "There were at least 15 police cars gathered in one area," Lee says. "One [officer] for sure was kneeling on someone, holding them down." (More Canada stories.)

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